SAN FRANCISCO – This 19-image sampler of innovations and innovators at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) captures only a slice of the 200 sessions attended by nearly 3,000 engineers here. They showed a cornucopia of products spanning everything from automotive electronics to ultra-fast NRZ wired interconnects.
We start with Dongsuk Jeon of Seoul National University (above) who started work on a portable assistant for the visually impaired while at MIT. It uses LEDs and a time of flight sensor (below) to map out the immediate area currently on an FPGA. Results are reported over Bluetooth to a handheld Braille device that indicates safe directions to walk.
The device is currently packaged in what looks like a camera case. Jeon plans a version that could fit inside a pendant or equivalent of a small flashlight.
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